A TEEN basketball star was fatally shot at a party on Sunday night — and used his last breaths to tell his friend to “call my mom.”
Brandon Hendricks, 17, was at a birthday party in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx borough of New York City just a week after graduating high school.
Brandon Hendricks, 17, died after being shot at a birthday party in the Bronx borough of New York City on Sunday night[/caption]
At 11.50pm, Hendricks was shot in the neck.
Teammate Hammad Singleton told the New York Post: “In the blink of an eye, me and my friends are running away.”
“I turn around and he told me, ‘I got hit,’ and I just seen it. I grabbed him and said we can’t stop right here because there’s more shots going off,” Singleton said.
“He stopped at the steps and we sat him down. He started wobbling. So, I sat him down. My friends took off his shirt and I’m holding that for him.”
The friend continued said he kept asking Hendricks if he was OK, to which he said he was.
“He’s trying to smile. He’s trying to talk to me: ‘I’m good, I’m good,’” Singleton said of his pal. “He said, ‘Yo, Bam [Singleton’s nickname], I love you. Call my mom.’”
“He just closed his eyes,” Singleton said. “He didn’t say anything else after that. That was it.”
Hendricks was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to his friend, Hendricks said to ‘call my mom’ just before he was said to have died[/caption]
According to the Post, witnesses told cops that Henricks “had been engaged in a verbal dispute” before he was shot — but Singleton said it more a situation of “wrong place, wrong time.”
“It really wasn’t meant for him,” the friend said. “The people who were with me are all basketball players. Nothing to do with the streets.”
Hendricks’ family said the 17-year-old was the captain of his high school basketball team for the past two years.
His basketball coach, Nigel Thompson, described him as “a fierce competitor but also a very supportive guy.”
“That is why you see all this outpouring of love and support,” he said. “It’s hard because you can’t bring him back.”
“He had so much promise. It’s hard to deal with the senseless violence that plagues our streets.”
His uncle, Noel Ellison, told WCBS-TV on Monday he couldn’t believe Hendricks’ death.
“I think we spoke as late as 9.30 last night. And then, two hours later, he was gone. We were talking about all the things he needed to do in preparation for college.”
Ellison said Hendricks was weighing a few different scholarships from Division 1 universities.
Calling Hendricks more than just an athlete, he said: “We are a family that prides itself on doing right by the community. We’re a spiritual family.”
On Monday, more than 200 people honored Hendricks’ life at a tribute in the Bronx, and another remembrance ceremony was scheduled to Tuesday.
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Thompson told WCBS: “We have to figure out what’s going on with these young people that gives them such a sense of hopelessness that they would throw out their life, and somebody else away, just like that.”
“This person who took his life obviously had nothing to really look forward to,” Thompson added.
“When you have nothing to look forward to in life, it’s so easy to senseless take somebody else’s life.”